McCOWAN

Starkville Daily News - - SCORE­CARD -

Dur­ing the 82-61 vic­tory last Thurs­day against Auburn, McCowan scored 16 points and pulled down 18 re­bounds for MSU.

McCowan did even bet­ter on the road Sun­day as she got 20 points and 20 boards at Ken­tucky. The Bull­dogs de­feated the Wild­cats 85-63 to cap a per­fect reg­u­lar sea­son over­all at 30-0 and in the SEC at 16-0.

MSU as­sis­tant coach John­nie Har­ris con­tin­ues

to work with McCowan on lit­tle things as her po­si­tion coach.

Three games ago against Texas A&M, McCowan was called for trav­el­ing by the of­fi­cials on sev­eral oc­ca­sions.

In­stead of get­ting up­set and throw­ing a pity party, McCowan de­cided to do some­thing about it.

“She has been very coach­able,” Har­ris said. “The other week when we played A&M and they were call­ing walk, walk, walk. We got back in the gym and we went to work. We worked

on catch­ing, step­ping and fin­ish­ing. She could have got­ten her head down, but she didn't. She got back into the gym and worked.”

McCowan av­er­ages 18.7 points and 13.5 re­bounds per out­ing this sea­son and has 22 dou­ble-dou­bles.

On the same day, McCowan was cho­sen SEC Player of the Week, team­mate Vic­to­ria Vi­vians was se­lected as a semi­fi­nal­ist for the 2018 Citizen Nai­smith Player of the Year Tro­phy. She is one of 10 semi­fi­nal­ist and one of only two SEC play­ers up for the award.

Vi­vians is play­ing the best bas­ket­ball of her MSU ca­reer as a se­nior. She av­er­ages 19.7 points per game and has scored in dou­ble dig­its in 29 of the 30 games with at least 20 points 14 times and a pair of 30 or more point out­ings.

One of the rea­sons for her in­creased point pro­duc­tion is the way Vi­vians is shoot­ing from the field. She has hit 49.7 per­cent from the field, 39.8 per­cent from 3-point range and 82.9 per­cent from the free-throw line.

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